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Mel Asberry

Mel Asberry
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Mel Asberry is an experienced Designated Airworthiness Representative specializing in Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. He and his wife, Ann, have built seven amateur-built airplanes including two ultralight types, a Moni Motorglider, a Dragonfly Mk2, two RV-6s and a Zenair CH 601HDS. They are currently building a scratch-built biplane.

Importing From Canada, N-Number Size

Question: I’m interested in buying a homebuilt out of Canada. Is this a difficult process? What should I be looking for? Answer: Bringing in a...

Repairman Certificate, Aerobatics, LSA Rules

Question: I have a question about the repairman certificate. Let’s say the FAA issues a repairman certificate to the owner/builder. After the airplane is...

Importing From Canada, Selling in Phase I

Question: There is this nice RV-4 available for sale in Canada. It’s been built by an experienced builder. They have flown the airplane for...

What’s the DAR’s Role?

Question: I know that you are active on the Van’s Air Force (VAF) site, so I thought I might direct some questions to you...

A Highly Modified Gyroplane and a Piper, Christavia, Bearhawk, Zenith Mashup?

Question: I am building a gyroplane from pieces of an RAF 2000. I will be building my own frame with dropped keel and main...

Changing the Propeller, Can I Add Seats?

Question: I am upgrading the propeller on my aircraft and was wondering if you might be able to help me out. My situation is...

Ask the DAR

Heeding manufacturer overhaul times, about the repairman certificate.

Ask the DAR

Modifying different types of Light Sport Aircraft, updating Phase II operating limitations.

25+ Years with an RV-6

The story of N168TX.

Ask the DAR

Licensing a partially completed project. Does major repair work count as building?

In Case You Missed it

Letters

ShowtimeYour Editor's Log, "On With the Shows!" , drove home an important point that...

Are All Battery Chargers Alike?

Bob Fritz tests battery chargers and desulfation systems, and finds its easier to keep a battery in good shape than to raise it from the dead—and that a good charger is a better bet than a new battery.

All About Avionics

Which engine monitor is best? Author Stein Bruch may not offer a definitive answer for all builders, but he details the factors that should be considered before arriving at a final decision, along with tips on how to achieve a successful installation.

Free Flight

Which way do you lean? Techniques for improving performance by using the mixture control.